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Sun City wants golfers to think 'Pink' on the greens
Sun City Carolina Lakes' first Pink Golf Tournament will be held at the Sun City Golf Course on Oct. 14. Participants will play in teams to try to score holes-in-one while fighting for a good cause, said Marilyn Navarro, Sun City resident and member of the ...

Living inside the house of surrogates
Commercial surrogacy is estimated to be worth more than $1bn a year in India. While pregnant, some surrogate mothers live in dormitories - which critics call baby factories. They give childless couples the family they have longed for, but what is it like for the ...

As deadline nears, applications to 9/11 victim compensation fund soar to more ...
As deadline nears, applications to 9/11 victim compensation fund soar to more ...

Health insurance markets open; success to be seen
CHICAGO (AP) - Millions of Americans can now shop on the insurance marketplaces at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care reforms, entering a world intended to simplify the mysteries of health coverage but that could cause yet more confusion ...

Study: More babies sharing beds despite SIDS risk
CHICAGO – The government's latest infant bed-sharing numbers show a troubling trend: The percentage of U.S. babies sleeping with parents or another child more than doubled since the early 1990s, despite public health messages linking the practice with ...

'I assumed second cancer diagnosis was a death sentence'
A major new study on the future of breast cancer treatment is calling for a greater focus on tumours that have spread. More than 100 scientists and health care professionals took part in the study commissioned by the charity Breast Cancer Campaign which ...

War on illegal drugs failing, medical researchers warn
Illegal drugs are now cheaper and purer globally than at any time over the last 20 years, a report has warned. The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy said its report suggested the war on drugs had failed. The report, published in the British Medical ...

New Hope for Infertile Women: Healthy Eggs
About 6.7 million American women suffer from infertility, 1% of whom struggle to get pregnant because of poor-quality eggs. Most of these women, whose ovaries don't produce the regular amounts of estrogen needed to nurture and develop healthy eggs ...

Cate Edwards: Advanced breast cancer about surviving
Cate Edwards was 22 when her mom Elizabeth was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2004. Three years following treatment, the cancer returned and had spread to the bone, putting the Edwards' into a community joined by thousands of other ...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: One Woman's Story Underscores Importance ...
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: One Woman's Story Underscores Importance ...

Stressful Middle Age Tied to Higher Alzheimer's Risk in Women
TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Women who deal with a lot of day-to-day stressors in middle-age may have a somewhat higher risk of developing Alzheimer's later in life, a new study suggests. The findings, published online Sept. 30 in BMJ Open, ...

Do You Share Your Bed With Your Infant?
Our pediatrician is wonderful – everything we could hope for in a doctor who will be with us for a solid decade or two (at least). At every visit so far she has asked us about our daughter's eating habits, and pooping habits; she even asks about firearms in the ...

Stanford-developed technique induces egg growth in infertile women, and 1 ...
Stanford-developed technique induces egg growth in infertile women, and 1 ...

Your Genome Is a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland
Contrary to what you may have heard, your genome is not a highly sophisticated, finely tuned data storage and processing device. It's a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Your 25,000 genes reside in a genetic landscape littered with the rubble of ancient and ...

Pop star Anastacia reveals double mastectomy
Pop star Anastacia underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time earlier this year, she revealed Tuesday. The 45-year-old American singer-songwriter, who boasts chart-topping dance hits in Europe and ...

Bumpy start for new Obamacare insurance markets
WASHINGTON – The online insurance marketplaces created by President Obama's healthcare law got off to a bumpy start Tuesday as some consumers were kicked off web portals and several states reported glitches that slowed enrollment on the first day ...

Infertile woman treated with new ovary-stimulating technique, IVA, gives birth
A fertility first has been reported in Japan. A infertile woman has given birth to a healthy baby using technology that allowed her to produce her own eggs, raising hope for a new way to tackle infertility. Scientists are also reporting that one other woman is also ...

Officials launch plan to stop TB in kids worldwide
LONDON — Health officials are embarking on an ambitious plan to wipe out tuberculosis in children worldwide, even though they don't know exactly how many cases there are. Experts say tuberculosis in children — defined as people under the age of 15 ...

Heath insurance sites face glitches, crashes
WASHINGTON — Several state- and federal government-run health insurance marketplaces opened Tuesday with glitches, delays and even crashes, marring the launch of the centerpiece of President Obama's health care law. Some of the delays were due ...

No food poisoning, flu surveillance during shutdown, federal health agencies say
Cross your fingers that the U.S. doesn't see any big outbreaks of food poisoning or measles and that flu season doesn't kick into gear early, at least during the government shutdown that has idled most work at the nation's public health agencies. More than ...

Plan to stop TB in kids overdue but problematic
LONDON - Health officials are embarking on an ambitious plan to wipe out tuberculosis in children worldwide, even though they don't know exactly how many cases there are. Experts say tuberculosis in children — defined as people under the age of 15 ...

Mom's Pregnancy Weight Gain Tied to Kid's Obesity
Pediatrics. Mom's Pregnancy Weight Gain Tied to Kid's Obesity. Published: Oct 1, 2013. Download Complimentary Source PDF. By Cole Petrochko, Staff Writer, MedPage Today. Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, ...

Exercise, weight control reduce risk of breast cancer
Breast cancer can be a devastating disease, but most women can take active steps to reduce their risk, say some of the nation's leading breast cancer experts. Women shouldn't blame themselves for their illness, doctors say, noting that it's usually impossible ...

County Council steps in to keep WIC food flowing
The Salt Lake County Council stepped up Tuesday to ensure some of the county's neediest mothers and their children get vital foodstuffs despite the federal shutdown. Declaring an emergency, the council voted to spend up to $137,500 to buy a week's worth ...

New Study Reaffirms Complexity of Hormone Use in Menopause
Hormone therapy for menopause is one of the most divisive subjects in medicine, hailed by some as a boon to women's comfort and well-being, vilified by others as a threat to health. A new analysis finds truth somewhere in the middle, reaffirming previous ...

Merck drug triggers response in 24 pct of lung cancer patients
Wed Oct 2, 2013 2:59am IST. Oct 1 (Reuters) - Early data from a small trial of Merck & Co Inc's experimental immunotherapy cancer drug, known as MK-3475, showed that about a quarter of lung cancer patients responded to the treatment. Data from the trial is ...

Shutdown forces new NIH clinical trial patients to wait
(CNN) -- Every week, hundreds of new patients, including children with cancer, are admitted to new clinical trials through the National Institutes of Health. But because of the government shutdown, those patients who are newly registered are being put on hold ...

UN finds 1 out of 8 of the world's people suffered chronic hunger from 2011-2013
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says that about one out of eight of the world's people suffered chronic hunger over the last two years. Three U.N. food agencies say in a new report released Tuesday that about 842 million people did not get enough ...

Isolated cases raise hopes of cure for HIV
In the race for a cure for HIV, the wins are stacking up. We have the Berlin Patient and the Mississippi Baby. There's the Visconti Cohort - 14 patients in France - and most recently, two men in Boston who were declared to be HIV-free just this summer. Through ...

Bystander CPR linked to improved survival for cardiac arrest victims
A nationwide effort to promote CPR appears to have boosted survival rates for people who went into cardiac arrest in their homes, offices, grocery stores, movie theaters or anywhere else that wasn't a hospital, new research shows. The data come from ...

Web traffic, glitches slow Obamacare exchanges launch
By David Morgan and Caroline Humer. Tue Oct 1, 2013 9:04pm EDT. (Reuters) - Technical glitches and heavy internet traffic slowed Tuesday's launch of new online insurance exchanges at the heart of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, ...

Exercise 'can be as good as pills'
Exercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with conditions such as heart disease, a large study has found. The work in the BMJ looked at hundreds of trials involving nearly 340,000 patients to assess the merits of exercise and drugs in preventing ...

Infant bed-sharing rates continue to rise despite risks
Despite a continued strong association between Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and bed sharing, the practice is still on the rise, a new study finds. In particular bed sharing (where an infant sleeps in the same bed as his/ her caregiver) is increasingly common ...

Mom's weight gain during pregnancy tied to childhood obesity: study
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Women who gain excessive weight in pregnancy are more likely to have overweight and obese children, a study showed Tuesday. The findings, published in the U.S. journal PLoS Medicine, suggested pregnancy may be "an ...

NJ breast cancer patient's time-lapse video goes viral
It's all there, speeding by: The bald head. The surgical bra. The drains. The weariness. A yawn. A hint of a smile. A glimpse of achievement. Emily Helck's one-minute video of her year of breast cancer treatment went up on her little blog Sunday. It quickly went ...

Deep Divide Over Health Law Persists
Lurking behind the first government shutdown in 17 years are two starkly different views of how Americans see the health-care law championed by President Barack Obama. In making the budget fight all about the law, popularly known as Obamacare, ...

It's risky, but parents still sleep with infants
Although infants who sleep in a bed with an adult are at greater risk for accidents or sudden infant death syndrome, a government sponsored study shows it happens more often than it used to. Although infants who sleep in a bed with an adult are at greater ...

Being a caregiver can take it toll, but groups offer support
Client Care Director C. Faith Lester leads an Alzheimer s Care training session for caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care. (Niki Rhynes For the Sun-News). LAS CRUCES >> Nearly one third of American adults are family caregivers, meaning they take care ...

Shutdown keeps 10 children with cancer from clinical trials
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Ten U.S. children with cancer won't be able to begin their clinical trials due to the government shutdown, officials at the National Institutes of Health said. John Burklow, a spokesman for the NIH, told ABCNews.com more than ...

Blood pressure drug 'fights cancer'
A commonly used blood pressure drug could help fight cancer by opening up blood vessels in solid tumours. Used beside conventional cancer-fighting drugs, it could improve life expectancy, experts believe. Following successful testing in mice, doctors plan ...

Making eye contact doesn't always help your cause
New research shows that making eye contact, long considered an effective way of bringing someone to your point of view, may actually make people more resistant to persuasion, especially when they already disagree. "There is a lot of cultural lore about the ...

More babies share parents' beds despite SIDS risks
The government's latest infant bed-sharing numbers show a troubling trend: the percentage of U.S. babies sleeping with parents or another child more than doubled since the early 1990s, despite public health messages linking the practice with sudden infant ...

Hormone replacement therapy less risky for women in their 50s, latest data ...
Hormone replacement therapy less risky for women in their 50s, latest data ...

Piling on pounds when pregnant 'increases child's risk of obesity'
Piling on pounds during pregnancy can lead to overweight children and might be contributing to rising obesity rates, research suggests. Also in this section. Xpose presenter Lisa Cannon opens up about developing adult acne · Threat of strike by doctors ...

Exercise "as good as medicines" in treating heart disease
Wed Oct 2, 2013 5:25pm IST. * Evidence review finds "blind spot" on benefits of exercise. * Cardiovascular disease is the world's biggest killer. * Researchers say new drugs should be compared with exercise. By Kate Kelland. LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) ...

Health Exchanges Open for Business—With Glitches
The health-insurance marketplaces at the center of President Barack Obama's health law saw a surge of consumer interest Tuesday that surprised even many of the law's backers. But the debut proved patchy, with few applicants actually able to buy coverage ...

Breast cancer survivor documents fight with video
A brave New Jersey breast cancer survivor has chronicled her fight against the disease in a beautiful time-lapse video. Emily Helck, who was diagnosed last year at age 28, realized that the 12 months she was about to endure would be one she would never ...

Blood pressure drug may help fight against cancer
A frequently prescribed blood pressure drug could aid in the fight against cancer, BBC News reported. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital believe that the angiotensin inhibitor losartan could be used in combination with existing cancer drugs, ...

Despite dangers, bed-sharing with kids is on the rise
(TIME.com) -- Over the last 20 years, the number of parents sharing a bed with their infants has doubled. That revelation, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, concerns doctors, as in that same time, greater awareness of the dangers of bed sharing, which ...

Stress in Midlife Linked to Higher Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Stress in middle age may contribute to development of Alzheimer's disease later in life, according to a Swedish study spanning almost 40 years. Psychological stress was associated with a 21 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according ...

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